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click to enlarge Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, - Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in - cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and - self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special - events and more. New youth volunteer programs for - ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for - more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on - Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Reservations required for all - programs. Parents Day Out, Sat., Dec. 17, 9 a.m. Wild - Cats, Thurs., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Hike with Santa, Sat., - Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. Animals on Parade, Wed., Dec. 21, - 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. New Years Eve Hike, Sat., Dec. - 31, 2:30 p.m.
  • Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. New youth volunteer programs for ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Reservations required for all programs. Parents Day Out, Sat., Dec. 17, 9 a.m. Wild Cats, Thurs., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Hike with Santa, Sat., Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. Animals on Parade, Wed., Dec. 21, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. New Years Eve Hike, Sat., Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m.

Love Lights a Tree, Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave. The American Cancer Society will place a light in the name of a loved one, on a special tree at the Broadmoor West Terrace for $10. Runs through Dec. 31. Call 636-5101 for more.

The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, Mount Saint Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assisi Heights. $11-$13.50. Marionette artist David Simpich presents his original play, recommended for adults and school-age children. Runs through Dec. 28. Call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com for ticket info.

Cripple Creek Christmas Carol, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/235-8944. A Christmas play set in Cripple Creek with characters from local history. Runs through Dec. 30. Visit cripplecreekchristmascarol.com for tickets and more.

Many Lights of Christmas Drive-Thru, Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. Free. Featuring over 500,000 lights and 15 drive-thru scenes. Runs Dec. 16-18, 21-23, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 596-5119 for more.

Phelan Gardens Holiday Classes, Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Featuring "Evergreen Centerpieces" on Sat., Dec. 17, 1-2 p.m., $20. Call 574-8058 to RSVP.

Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky, presented by the Youth Ballet. $8-$12. On Sun., Dec. 18, 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Call 272-7078 for more.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Concerts, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Featuring Messiah! by Handel, with vocalists will be performed on Dec. 17, 8 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m. Call 866/464-2626 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

The Colorado Nutcracker, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, SaGaJi Theatre, 35 W. Dale St. $20-$24. Peak Ballet Theatre performs a Colorado-based version of the Nutcracker story. Dec. 16-18. Visit thepeakballet.org for more.

Riverwalk Boat Tour, Pueblo. $4-$5 for adults, free for children ages 12 and younger. Enjoy hot chocolate, warm blankets and a chance to meet Santa on a moonlight ride along the Riverwalk to view the holiday lights. Runs Dec. 16-23, 5-9 p.m. Call Niki at 719/595-0242 or visit puebloharp.com for more.

Under the Christmas Moon: An Acoustic Holiday Concert, Benet Hill Center Auditorium, 2577 Chelton Road. $5-$15. Featuring five voices with guitars, harp, dulcimers, accordion and more. Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Call 495-9658 or visit blackroseacoustic.org for more.

Children's Chorale Concerts, call 633-3562 or visit kidssing.org for more. Featuring Summit by Candlelight at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., on Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble Wintersong Concert, featuring music that celebrates the season. Free. At Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. on Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Performance at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 1201 Leta Drive, Security on Sun., Dec. 18, 4 p.m. Call Deborah at 577-4192 for more.

Yuletide Enchantment Parade, downtown Manitou Springs. The parade takes place Sat., Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m. Visit manitousprings.org for more.

The Gift of Giving, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $8-$18. Featuring a gospel stage play starring Lenny Williams to benefit children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Sat., Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m. Call 866/464-2626 or visit ticketswest.com for tickets.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concert, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road. Featuring Christmas from England to America, including The Night Before Christmas, narrated by Jon Lawson. Sun., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Call 442-6853 or visit pikespeakphil.org for tickets.

Hanukkah on Ice, Chapel Hills Ice Arena, 1710 Briargate Blvd. $8 per person, $30 per family. Featuring the lighting of the giant ice menorah, Jewish music, Hanukkah kits and more. Wed., Dec. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Call 573-0841 for more.

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